Washington: US Defence Secretary nominee Mark T Esper has told lawmakers that he wants to solidify the enduring strategic partnership with India supported by strong defence cooperation with the Indian military. Esper said the Trump administration would continue to bolster the overall defence relationship through senior-level engagement such as the 2+2 ministerial dialogue. “If confirmed, my overall guiding objective for our relationship with India would be to solidify an enduring strategic partnership underpinned by strong defence cooperation with an Indian military able to collaborate effectively with the United States to address shared interests,” Esper told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Within the context of Major Defence Partnership, Esper said he would continue to prioritise increasing information-sharing capabilities with the Indian armed forces, and expanding the scope and complexity of military-to-military exercises, including incorporating joint aspects into service-level exercises. Esper, in a written response to questions, said he would also continue to encourage enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness cooperation, and promote co-development opportunities and industrial cooperation. According to Esper, the US force’s posture in the Indo-Pacific region should evolve to ensure that combat credible forces arecapable of degrading, delaying, or denying competitors’military objectives until reinforcements arrive.
Yesterday, recognizing #GivingTuesday, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry announced that he is supporting the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.Curry has committed to “Gift a Net” in honor of each of his teammates, sending life-saving bednets to protect families in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.#GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014, harnesses the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to celebrate the power of giving. Following the so-called Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday retail milestones that kick off the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is intended to inspire people to take collaborative action to give back in better, smarter ways to the causes they celebrate and help create a better world.“#GivingTuesday reminds us that we can all have an impact on the world,” said Curry. “I cannot help but think about the parents I met in Tanzania who just want to protect their children from malaria. A $10 net makes all the difference.”Just last month Curry announced he’s again leading his Three for Three Challenge by donating three life-saving nets to Nothing But Nets for every three-pointer he makes in the 2014-15 season. The Warriors also announced it will match Curry’s Challenge up to $5,000. During his first two seasons running the Challenge (2012-13 & 2013-14), Curry donated 1,599 nets to protect thousands of families from malaria.“We are so fortune to have Stephen as a Champion,” said Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. “It’s because of Stephen and thousands of other supporters that we’ve played a critical role in reducing the rate of childhood malaria deaths by almost half in the last ten years.”Anyone can Gift a Net in honor of their friends and loved ones through the Nothing But Nets campaign. It costs $10 to provide a life-saving net to protect a family from malaria – so they can celebrate many more holidays together. In return, Nothing But Nets will send a personalized holiday card to your loved ones, letting them know you chose to Gift a Net in their honor.The Gift a Net campaign was inspired by Nothing But Nets Champions like Lynda and Katherine Commale, the incredible mother-daughter duo from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. In 2006, they started their own fundraising campaign through their church to raise funds for Nothing But Nets, including selling holiday gift certificates to send nets to families in Africa. Together they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the campaign.Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, and kills a child every 60 seconds. But nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution that can stop the spread of malaria and save lives.Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has helped deliver more than 7.5 million nets since 2006.
On New Year’s Eve, John Lennon’s anthem to hope and peace, Imagine, took centre stage in capitals across the world to help inspire a global movement towards a better future for every child.Live performances of Imagine at New Year’s Eve events in Cape Town, London, Rio de Janeiro and New York highlighted urgent action needed to address key challenges facing children, including poverty, violence, the impact of climate change, and the barriers that prevent so many children from reaching their full potential.The UNICEF-led #IMAGINE initiative joined forces with action/2015, a coalition of nearly 1,000 organizations from around the world that have come together to influence world leaders and inspire collective action in advance of key global agenda-setting meetings in 2015. These include the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July, when governments and their partners will produce a global strategy for financing global development; the UN General Assembly in September, when world leaders will set out new development goals for the next 15 years; and the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.“We must imagine a better future for every child – and commit ourselves to achieving it,” said Yoka Brandt, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. “As the global community charts its course for 2015 and beyond, children must be at the heart of the development agenda — for their future is the future of the world.”The global New Year’s Eve events were timed to draw greater attention to the most pressing issues facing children, communities, and the planet.“With so much at stake for people and planet in the year ahead we need to make sure that 2015 delivers on the dreams of today’s generation – we can’t miss this chance for change,” said Co-Chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty Amitabh Behar, on behalf of the action/2015 coalition. “Across the whole of the year ahead, all around the world, people will be coming together to demand action – everyone can be a part of this global movement.”Young people performed Imagine at events in Cape Town, London, Rio de Janeiro and New York, some accompanying themselves on a white piano, recalling the one John Lennon played in the filming of his iconic song in 1971. The events also featured the debut of a ‘World Version’ video of the classic Lennon song, made in collaboration with renowned DJ and music producer David Guetta that features famous voices including Katy Perry; Angelique Kidjo; Priyanka Chopra; Pau Gasol; Yuna Kim; Callan McAuliffe; Daniela Mercury; Khaled Abol Naga; Nicole Scherzinger; will.i.am; Sonu; Neymar; Adam Lambert; Puffy AmiYumi; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake; and astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti singing from the International Space Station, alongside voices of children from Bulgaria, the Philippines and Jamaica, among others, and members of the public who have uploaded their own versions through the Touchcast app.The World Version of Imagine can be found here.“Imagine is a message of hope, peace and unity,” said Guetta. “We are calling on everyone to join UNICEF and the #IMAGINE campaign because every child counts and every voice counts.”
OTTAWA (660 NEWS) – The Federal Minister of Natural Resources understands why the Alberta NDP made such a bold move at the Liberal Christmas party earlier this week.The NDP projected a slide outside of the federal Liberal Christmas party that claimed to show how much money is being lost every day because pipelines aren’t moving Alberta oil to world markets.Minister Amarjeet Sohi said he understands the frustration.“We are very proud to be standing, firmly supporting Alberta’s oil and gas sector, workers and communities and we will continue to do so. I’m very proud of what our government has done for Alberta, and we will do more.”READ MORE: Notley trolls federal Liberals as global oil forecasts continue to look grimSohi agrees Alberta is losing billions of dollars due to a lack of market access and that his party is working to get oil to market.“That frustration is the reason that we are moving forward on building the pipeline capacity that’s been lacking. We’re moving forward on building Enbridge Line 3. We’re moving forward in the right way on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.”
Salé – King Mohammed VI launched, on Monday in Salé (Rabat twin city), the 2016 national solidarity campaign, a Royal initiative which illustrates the permanent commitment of the Sovereign to promote noble human, civilizational and religious values of the Kingdom.Held under the actual chairmanship of the King, who has set social action as a national priority, this annual campaign will be organized by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity on February 15-25 under the motto “United to Help the Poor”.This campaign represents a precious opportunity for all Moroccans to renew their commitment to the values of citizenship and solidarity, through their contribution to the actions and projects carried out by the Foundation for needy people in the different regions of the Kingdom. The National Solidarity Campaign aims at raising funds to finance social projects and implement the action plans that have evolved over the years to meet the needs of targeted populations.The Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity allocates, in order of importance, its resources to projects run by NGOs or directly to the people, including the poor and people in a precarious situation.The Foundation resources are also dedicated to finance projects related to training, qualification and socio-professional integration of the target population (youth, women, and people with special needs). They are also used to finance the “Marhaba” operation held every summer to welcome Moroccan expatriates, provide food support to the needy during the holy month of Ramadan, and sustainable development projects and humanitarian activities both in Morocco and abroad.The 18th National Solidarity Campaign is held under the theme “Professional integration of young people with mental disability”, a social category the King gives a particular attention to promote equal opportunity for all.The King also inaugurated the Center of Integration and Help through Labor in Salé, for people with special needs, built by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity with a budget of MAD 36.5 million.The first of its kind in the Kingdom, this new facility provides an original response to the socio-professional exclusion of young people with disabilities, through putting them in real work conditions and enabling them to gain professional integration and appropriate social autonomy.Under the Mohammed VI National Center for people with special needs (CNMH), this center will offer, in its first year, training for 41 young men and women, including 14 Down syndrome and 27 mentally retarded people. The center and its outbuildings will host up to 150 young workers.This center, which is built in partnership between the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, the Interior Ministry, the Office of Vocational Training and Labor Promotion, Crédit Agricole du Maroc, Banque Centrale Populaire and the Center for Integration and Help through Labor in Salé, will encourage the development of professional identity for the beneficiaries, their financial autonomy, their self-esteem and their knowledge of the other, fundamental bases for an active participation in the social life.After visiting the new facility, the King handed the keys of 12 minibuses for the transport of people with disabilities, a grant from the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity to NGOs working for people with disabilities and active in the cities of Oujda, Tiflet, Rabat, Fès, Marrakech, Azilal, Essaouira, Safi, Inezgane Ait Melloul, Tata and Tinghir.On the occasion of launching the National Solidarity Campaign, a tribute was paid to the memory of Zoulikha Nasri, a former adviser to King Mohammed VI.King Mohammed VI also handed diplomas to 12 graduates of the 2015 training pole at the Mohammed VI national center for people with special needs.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – To say it’s an unpopular idea in Alberta politics would be an understatement, but a new report is suggesting the government bring in the PST.The report was headed by economist Ken McKenzie at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy.“The purpose of the report is to examine alternative ways of raising government revenue in Alberta,” said McKenzie. “In some cases, I argue for tax reductions and in others for tax increases.”McKenzie argues a provincial sales tax should be implemented by the United Conservatives and that the province should keep the carbon levy.The report also recommends staying with cuts to corporate taxes while retaining the progressive tax rate instead of going back to the flat rate.Alberta’s fiscal crisis – MacKinnon report shows the need to cut spending – new @policy_school report shows how to fix taxation https://t.co/cqdz0E7lVy— Policy School (@policy_school) September 5, 2019This comes following the results of the Blue Ribbon Panel report on Alberta’s finances. The report found the province is overspending and needs to take action, which some say foreshadow drastic cuts.READ MORE: Big spender Alberta. Panel says savings to be found in health care, education changesMcKenzie says introducing a sales tax along with the possible cuts would help Alberta ease its dependence on oil revenues.FULL REPORT
As of yesterday, the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee had received 113 reports from Member States on resolution 1373. Adopted on 28 September, it requires countries to find ways to deny financial and other support for terrorists and terrorist acts, and encourages more cooperation and information sharing among nations.The next meeting of the Committee is planned for 9 January under the chairmanship of Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom.Meanwhile, Council members today received the report of the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on protection against nuclear terrorism. In a press statement by Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, the current Council President, they encouraged the agency to pursue its work in this field.In a separate statement, Council members also expressed their appreciation for the contribution of the five outgoing non-permanent members – Bangladesh, Jamaica, Mali, Tunisia and Ukraine – the mandates of which expired on 31 December, and praised Ambassador Moctar Ouane of Mali for the “excellent manner” in which he presided over the Council last month.
Universities which are forced to lower grades for less well-off students have complained that they will plummet down league tables as a result.Top institutions are concerned about the “reputational damage” that could ensue from making lower offers to disadvantaged students, according to a new report.Universities are under increasing pressure from the Government to increase the number of students from deprived backgrounds.Under the current fees system, any English university wishing to charge tuition fees of over around £6,000 must have an “access and participation plan” approved by the universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS).This sets out what the university intends to do to recruit and retain youngsters from disadvantaged families. A widely used method to help to boost diversity is making “contextual offers”, where universities request lower A-level grades from poor students as a condition of entry compared to those demanded of their wealthier peers.But some Russell Group universities are concerned about the impact this will have on their standing in league tables, according to a report published by the University of Exeter.Researchers from Exeter’s Centre for Social Mobility interviewed officials from nine of the country’s top institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, and the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Institutions have raised concerns about reputational damage from making reduced offers, including institutional positioning in the university league tablesReport by Exeter University Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Institutions have raised concerns about reputational damage from making reduced offers, including institutional positioning in the university league tables,” the report said.“The lack of sector wide movement on differential offers may limit institutions’ willingness to act unilaterally towards adjusting their grade criteria (and depending on the strength of their internal and external drivers).“The issue of league tables and the ‘perverse’ effect this has on institutions, was identified as a risk to reduced grades cited by many stakeholders, although a number of stakeholders highlighted that more consistent sector-wide use of differential offers would reduce the potential impact for individual institutions.” Chris Millward, the Office for Students’ (OFS) Director of Fair Access and Participation, urged universities to set “more ambitious” plans to increase their intake of poor students. “We are a long way from equality of opportunity in relation to access to higher education,” he said. “So in the coming years, I will be expecting universities and colleges to set more ambitious targets in their access and participation plans to narrow the gaps.” Some Russell Group universities are concerned about the impact this will have on their standing in league tables Experts have previously claimed that the pressure to admit more disadvantaged students is to blame for British universities are slipping down the world rankings.Professor Alan Smithers, who is head of the centre for education and employment at the University of Buckingham, has said that the decline was because “universities are no longer free to take their own decisions and recruit the most talented students which would ensure top positions in league tables”.He added that Britain’s top universities are under pressure to recruit more disadvantaged students, and that this “has diverted their attention from really providing the subjects and the fields that they feel are the most appropriate and drawing in the best students”. He explained that universities must “take measures to increase the pool of applicants with the high levels of attainment needed to enter many universities”. Mr Milward added that A level grades “can only be considered to be a robust measure of potential if they are considered alongside the context in which they are achieved”. Sarah Stevens, head of policy at the Russell Group, said that all their member universities take into account students’ backgrounds during the admissions process. “Qualifications and predicted grades are a key indicator of academic ability, but universities take a range of other factors into account to understand the applicant’s achievements in context,” she said.“This includes the school or college attended, where a student grew up, whether they are a care leaver, or whether they are the first in their family to enter higher education.”
Round 1 of the Main round at the EHF EURO 2010 made by the best teams of Group A and B, gave us a lot of good handball.Montenegro – Spain 22:20Romania – Croatia 31:22Dfenmark – Russia 26:20Standings:Denmark 6Romania 4Montenegro 4Russia 2Croatia 2Spain 0 ← Previous Story Croatia: C.O Zagreb hardly against Nexe to the Autumn title Next Story → Goražd Škof is the target of Wisla Plock?
ŽRK Budućnost Women’s EHF Champions League winners ŽRK Budućnost signed deals with two players – Tunisian goalkeeper Esraf Abdala and Slovenian right wing Neli Irman. Montenegrian champions reinforced on two positions with two experienced player. Irman will try to help in situation when Radmila Petrović recovering from mononucleouse, while Abdala will be support to Marta Žderić between the posts. ← Previous Story Wisla Plock and Manolo Cadenas in separate ways at the end of season! Next Story → Serbia without Nemanja Ilić at Men’s EHF EURO 2016!
Did the phone in your pocket just vibrate? False alarm? You’re not alone. About 80% of people report experiencing phantom phone calls, a perceived vibration that turns out to be nothing. Are we all losing our minds? No more than usual — this phenomenon is just illustrating a fundamental psychological principal.Your senses soak in information from the world, but it’s up to your brain to interpret them. Your brain processes the signals and has to decide, among other things, if the data indicates the phone is vibrating or not. Perception is a tricky thing, and sometimes you can be mistaken.A phone in your pocket is either vibrating, or it isn’t. Likewise your state of mind suspects vibration, or it doesn’t. The way these two factors match up is explained by a psychological principle called signal detection theory. At any given time, your brain could match up stimulus with the real world correctly by detecting no vibration when there isn’t any, or detecting that there is when a call is coming in. You could also miss a call, or detect vibration when there isn’t any — the phantom ring.But why does the phantom ring seem to happen so much?One of the factors in signal detection theory is the bias of the system (in this case you). It’s important that you know when your phone rings — more important than avoiding false alarms — so your bias has been adjusted over time to favor false alarms over missed calls. Basically, any hint that there might be a vibe, is given greater weight. This delicate balancing act between bias and sensitivity is the reason for phantom rings. We’re really doing it to ourselves because we hate missing calls and messages so much.Altering your bias probably isn’t a good idea (if it’s even possible). So if the phantom calls are getting to you, the best course of action might be to increase sensitivity by using a device with stronger vibration… or a ringtone.
Loris Karius made two horrendous mistakes in the Champions League final and he was the main reason that Liverpool lost the game – and Dietmar Hamann criticized him even for his behaviour after the game.The former Reds star believes that it wasn’t right by the keeper to get so emotional after the game and he should have behaved differently after ruining such an important game for the whole squad.Hamann spoke about Karius as he said, according to Rush The Kop:Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I didn’t like was his behaviour afterwards. To publicly show his suffering after the final whistle was just as unnecessary as his tearful asking for forgiveness from the Reds fans.”“Liverpool fans forgive their stars just as well as any other… with one exception: when your ego doesn’t match your performance.”“Karius drives through Liverpool with the personalized number plates ‘LK1’ and makes waves in the city whenever he steps out. Having airs like that is something, Cristiano Ronaldo… can pull off.”
Vijayawada: The Krishna District Coordination Committee of Telugu Desam Party which met at the party office here on Saturday with district unit president and MLC Bachula Arjunudu in the chair, asked the party leaders to get ready for local body elections. Arjunudu said that the TDP should register a victory in the elections overcoming the recent defeat. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Former Ministers Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao and Kollu Ravindra said that they are ready to sacrifice their lives to protect the TDP. They said that lakhs of party workers would save the party though the BJP and the YSR Congress made plans to weaken the TDP. The meeting has condemned the four MPs for shifting their loyalties to the BJP. They said that they joined the BJP with selfish motive. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us They also said that the YSR Congress leaders attacked the TDP sympathisers at Jaggaiahpet in Krishna district. He said that the TDP would strive to protect the cadre at the grass-root level. MLCs YVB Rajendra Prasad, P Ashok Babu, former MLAs Tangirala Soumya, Bode Prasad, party senior leaders P Anuradha, Yalamanchali Gouranga Babu, Ganne Venkata Narayana and several leaders were present.
.The government has appointed new deputy commissioners in 22 districts including Dhaka, Rajshahi, Sylhet and Rangpur.Of them, three DCs have been transferred.The public administration ministry on Sunday issued a gazette notification in this regard.The deputy commissioner of Narsingdi Subhas Chandra Biswas has been transferred to Mymensingh, Thakurgaon DC Abdul Awal to Jessore and Kurigram DC Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan to Dhaka.Sylhet City Corporation chief executive Enamul Habib has been appointed as DC of Rangpur, Jessore local government deputy director Majedur Rahman Khan to Chandpur, local government division deputy secretary Abul Fazal Mir to Comilla.Gazipur City Corporation secretary Aslam Hossain has been appointed DC to Bandarban, deputy secretary attached to the cabinet division Moin Ul Islam to Netrakona, deputy secretary attached to economic relations division Mohammad Iftekhar Hossain to Satkhira, public administration ministry deputy secretary Kazi Abu Taher to Shariatpur, Faridpur local government division deputy director Noyeem Muhammad Abdus Chhobur to Dinajpur, deputy secretary to public security division Mohammad Ilias Hossain to Chittagong, public administration ministry deputy secretary Numery Jaman to Sylhet, textile and jute minister’s personal secretary Md Akhtaruzzaman to Thakurgaon.Dhaka South City Corporation regional executive officer AKM Mamunur Rashid has been appointed as DC to Rangamati, deputy secretary attached to public security division Saroj Kumar Nath to Jhenaidah, deputy secretary attached to the public administration ministry Mohammad Masud Alam Siddique to Bhola, Lalmonirhat local government division deputy director Mst Sultana Parveen to Kurigram, deputy secretary attached to the public administration ministry Syeda Farhana Kaunayeen to Narsingdi, power division deputy secretary Mahmudul Kabir Murad to Habiganj and Dhaka Cantonment Board executive officer SM Abdul Kader to Rajshahi.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:09 Austin Price / The Texas TribuneProperty tax reform may go to the full Texas House for a floor vote this week. The bill would meet the standard Governor Greg Abbott set for property tax relief in his call for the special session.Currently, local governments can raise property taxes by up to 8 percent a year. The House bill would cap the rollback rate at 6 percent for most taxing jurisdictions. Voters would have to approve any increase above that.“That’s something that the House was reluctant to go pass in the regular session but has seems to have bowed to Governor Abbott’s will on the special session,” says Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston.The bill doesn’t go as far as the Senate’s version, which would lower the cap to 4 percent. But James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, says those numbers could be negotiable.“We certainly saw that during the regular session, in which the Senate set out dead set against any draw on the rainy day fund,” Henson says. “The House wanted a rainy day fund draw that, you know, varied at different times in the session from $2-4 billion. We saw them split the difference on that. I think on the rollback rate, we’re going to see a similar dynamic.”A compromise would only slow the growth of property taxes. Neither the House nor the Senate bill provides a tax cut. X Share
DAVID MARTIN DAVIES / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOA mental health crisis intervention team trains with a woman acting out signs of dementia.First responders across Texas are learning how to better deal with those with mental illness. They are attending a weeklong course in crisis intervention training hosted by the San Antonio Police Department’s mental health unit. On Tuesday at the First Church of the Nazarene, roughly 75 law enforcement officers are going through training in real world conditions.“This is my room,” said Mary, a college student wearing a Texas A&M T-shirt as she jumps on a row of chairs.This is actually a classroom and “Mary” is an actress, played by 17 year-old Vianney Wallace.“This is where the fountain is going to go,” she said while pointing to a box of corn chips in the middle of the room.The scene is a young woman having a manic episode and is rearranging the furniture in her apartment to build a fountain for coffee.“Usually, they just give you a general overview of your character and what they’re trying to do and if they’re like a manic or if they’re depressive or something like that but then it’s really like your character and you get to run with it where ever you want to go,” she said.In the scene, the roommate is concerned about a situation with Mary and her boyfriend and has called the police. An officer in training has been instructed to calm the young woman down but she’s not listening. She’s clearly frustrating him.The officer said: “Cap, I’m not trained for this.”The instructor replied: “By the end of the week you will.”During a break, Officer William Kasberg with SAPD’s mental health unit tells the officer in training what he did right.“You didn’t elevate your voice,” he said. “You didn’t try to grab a hold of her.”Kasberg is with the SAPD’s Integrated Mobil Partners Action Team, which is comprised of two mental health officers, and a specially trained paramedic. The goal is deescalate the scene and get the subject into mental health services.“The biggest thing we want you guys to do is to really focus on is reassurance of safety,” Kasberg said. “Paranoia, if they demonstrate any signs of paranoia, reassure them that they are not in trouble. Nobody is going to hurt you.” Law Enforcement officers from across Texas are taking part in the training and they will be bringing what they learned back to their departments to train other officers. Share
Scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have adapted Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect technology to help take better X-rays.This new take on an existing piece of technology could solve two common problems that affect image results when taking X-rays: motion and body-part thickness. Steven Don, an associate professor of radiology at the university’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, explained that the goal is to “achieve the best image quality while minimizing radiation exposure.”Researchers believe they have succeeded in modifying Microsoft’s Kinect software to suit their purposes. By utilizing its infrared sensor to measure the thickness of a patient’s body-part, this will allow technicians to set more appropriate parameters, limiting radiation exposure when taking X-rays. This technology also allows for a more efficient and hands-off approach compared to the more traditional method. Doctors typically use steel calipers to measure the thickness of a body part before taking an X-ray, which Don explained can be “time-consuming, intrusive and often scary to kids, especially those who are sick or injured.”Movement can also impede the accuracy of an X-ray, creating blurry images, which then requires technicians to take more images, exposing the patient to more radiation. The researchers believe the modified software could double as an alert system to let technicians know if there are any factors that could compromise the X-ray image before its taken, like a wiggling patient.The best part about this new system is the researchers have shown it’s low-cost and feasible by using the existing technology within Microsoft’s Xbox gaming system. The project has already received funding from Washington University and The Society for Pediatric Radiology. Don said his team will be using this funding to continue their research and improve upon the technology.The end-goal would be to apply this new technology to future X-ray machines and retro-fit it to older systems. Let’s hope it gets here soon.
A team of researchers with Università degli Studi di Padova and the Matera Laser Ranging Observatory in Italy has conducted experiments that add credence to John Wheeler’s quantum theory thought experiment. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes their experiment and what they believe it showed. Explore further Citation: Reflecting light off satellite backs up Wheeler’s quantum theory thought experiment (2017, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-satellite-wheeler-quantum-theory-thought.html The nature of light has proven to be one of the more difficult problems facing physicists. Nearly a century ago, experiments showed that light behaved like both a particle and a wave, but subsequent experiments seemed to show that light behaved differently depending on how it was tested, and weirdly, seemed to know how the researchers were testing it, changing its behavior as a result.Back in the late 1970s, physicist Johan Wheeler tossed around a thought experiment in which he asked what would happen if tests allowed researchers to change parameters after a photon was fired, but before it had reached a sensor for testing—would it somehow alter its behavior mid-course? He also considered the possibilities as light from a distant quasar made its way through space, being lensed by gravity. Was it possible that the light could somehow choose to behave as a wave or a particle depending on what scientists here on Earth did in trying to measure it? In this new effort, the team in Italy set out to demonstrate the ideas that Wheeler had proposed—but instead of measuring light from a quasar, they measured light bounced from a satellite back to Earth.The experiment consisted of shooting a laser beam at a beam splitter, which aimed the beam at a satellite traveling in low Earth orbit, which reflected it back to Earth. But as the light traveled back to Earth, the researchers had time to make a choice whether or not to activate a second beam splitter as the light was en route. Thus, they could test whether the light was able to sense what they were doing and respond accordingly. The team reports that the light behaved just as Wheeler had predicted—demonstrating either particle-like or wave-like behavior, depending on the behavior of those studying it. The ‘great smoky dragon’ of quantum physics Journal information: Science Advances © 2017 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: Francesco Vedovato et al. Extending Wheeler’s delayed-choice experiment to space, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701180AbstractGedankenexperiments have consistently played a major role in the development of quantum theory. A paradigmatic example is Wheeler’s delayed-choice experiment, a wave-particle duality test that cannot be fully understood using only classical concepts. We implement Wheeler’s idea along a satellite-ground interferometer that extends for thousands of kilometers in space. We exploit temporal and polarization degrees of freedom of photons reflected by a fast-moving satellite equipped with retroreflecting mirrors. We observe the complementary wave- or particle-like behaviors at the ground station by choosing the measurement apparatus while the photons are propagating from the satellite to the ground. Our results confirm quantum mechanical predictions, demonstrating the need of the dual wave-particle interpretation at this unprecedented scale. Our work paves the way for novel applications of quantum mechanics in space links involving multiple photon degrees of freedom. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Advertisement Everyone fell head over heels in love with the Warriors overnight. They came out of nowhere to win the NBA title. Nobody saw their flaws because they were never challenged.The Warriors trail the Thunder 3 – 1 in the Western Conference Finals after getting curb stomped 118 – 94 last night. Oklahoma City has exposed the Warriors flaws. They’re pushing them around. Steph Curry is hurt, and his shot isn’t falling. For the first time they look over-matched.Traditionally, NBA champions have to overcome adversity before they win a title. Michael Jordan lost twice to the Pistons before the Bulls won a championship. The Kobe and Shaq Lakers lost twice to the Jazz, and once to the Spurs before they won a title.Colin thinks because the Warriors never faced real adversity during their meteoric rise, they aren’t equipped to handle the adversity they face now. “Look what Durant’s gone through. They had to fire a coach. And they had to trade James Harden away. And in the end there’s been a growth process for Oklahoma City.LeBron James has earned all his wins. He goes to Cleveland. He gets beat up. He gets to a Finals. He gets swept. He can’t get back. He gets back. He leaves. He gets a title. He gets another. Then he gets beat in the last year. And then he goes back to Cleveland. And then last year he gets to the Finals and his 2 best teammates get hurt. And now he’s tied up against Toronto because Kevin Love goes into the tank.”For those that thought Warriors would win 4 or 5 titles and never be challenged, Oklahoma City is on Line 2.
From the print editionHere on the rich coast, we get to partake in so many extremely awesome adventures. But could any be so grand as Seabobbing in the ocean with a superpod of 2,000 dolphins? Shawn Larkin No related posts. What is a Seabob, you ask? A Seabob is a tiny torpedo you hold onto while rocketing through the water with your mask on really tight. These handheld underwater scooters are the latest generation of personal underwater propulsion craft, and they are likely the future of ocean tourism and transportation. There is no propeller, but a powerful jet of water that may tickle your belly, depending on your position. A rechargeable battery means little noise and no emissions.To say that many dolphins love to approach people on Seabobs is an understatement. Every day, dolphins rush to cruise with boats up and down the coasts of Costa Rica, but they are even more interested in the smaller, quieter Seabobs. Every time we Seabob with dolphins, the batteries run out before the dolphins get bored. Even though one “charge” lasts more than an hour, there is never enough time on the Seabob.Taking a deep breath at the surface, I held on tight, squeezed the trigger to max speed and took off underwater, trying to catch my 13-year-old daughter. She was blazing ahead of me in a blur of color and bubbles in the vast big blue. The water rushing over my face made my cheeks flap as I caught up to her. I looked over at her and saw the skin on her arms rippling with the current, unlike all the dolphins surrounding us, whose skin was taut and smooth as they finned hard to keep up with us. The shifting rays of sunlight danced around us. The moment was truly sublime and surreal.There were far too many dolphins for anyone there to count. The spinners jostled so close that they bumped me with tight muscles and I thought of horses running, breathing hard and sweating. As we sped along, we chirped and hummed with the massive underwater dolphin chorus, and they always answered back.As we flew through the deep sea surrounded by the largest-known resident dolphin superpod in the world, it felt as though we were living science fiction. These spinner dolphins gather by the thousands off the same part of the Osa Peninsula every day all year, unless the tuna fleet shows up and nets them. With a plane it often takes me less than 10 minutes from takeoff to find them where they party, about 20 nautical miles off Drake Bay. Then I head as quickly as possible for whoever has the Seabobs.Seabobs cost as much as a car, and they are normally only found on large yachts. But I am hoping these words help change that. Seabobs could help marine and aquatic rescues and aid conservation efforts along the coasts. The potential for eco- and adventure tourism is oceanic.Two quotes sum up my feelings about riding Seabobs underwater.The first comes from my daughter, who pulled up alongside me for just long enough to say, “I could do this all day,” and then sped away into the blue.And second are words from the first person to bring Seabobs to the dolphins in Costa Rica, giving us a chance at total blue bliss with the help of the latest 21st century technology. As he popped out of the sea clutching his blue chariot and surrounded by prancing sea steeds, U2’s Bono said: “This is not a gadget. This is freedom.” Facebook Comments